Dr. Mullis explains the differing types of fractures that a woman can get.
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Hi, my name is Dr. Brian Mullis. I am an orthopedic trauma surgeon, which means I have done an orthopedic residency, and then after that did further fellowship in trauma, and I am currently the Chief of the Orthopaedic Trauma Service at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis. So, a fracture itself, there’s sometimes some confusion of what that means. A fracture is simply a break in the bone. Fractures may be what we call displaced, meaning there is some motion at the fracture site where it’s no longer where it was before it was broken, or it can be non-displaced, meaning a doctor can see a small line on an x-ray, but it hasn’t actually moved, and so sometimes that’s confusing as far as what a fracture versus a break means. They really mean the same thing.